St. Vincent Hospital Nurses vote to ratify new contract January 3

St. Vincent Nurses Strike

WORCESTER, Mass. (WLNE) – The St. Vincent Hospital Nurses have announced they will vote to ratify an agreement that would end their 300 day strike and help reopen hospital beds to address the Omicron surge.

“Our members are anxiously awaiting the opportunity to vote on and approve this agreement, which will allow us to end the strike and do what we have always wanted to do, which is to continue to provide the best possible care to our patients and our community,” said Marlena Pellegrino, RN, a 35-year nurse at the hospital and co-chair of the nurses local bargaining unit of the Massachusetts Nurses Association.  “This has been a long and arduous struggle by 700 courageous caregivers who put everything on the line to achieve the improvements we need to ensure optimum patient care.  Our negotiating committee is strongly supporting ratification.  Once ratified, we look forward to having our nurses re-enter the hospital – our home – with a commitment to work with all staff to build a bright future for St. Vincent Hospital.”

On December 17, Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare reached an agreement with the 700 Nurses on the 285 day of their strike. This agreement provided the nurses with a return to their former jobs, and provides them with the staffing-concerns they needed to help push back COVID-19.

This agreement comes after two weeks of discussions with federal mediators, and after two years of negotiations with 43 different sessions, it was the longest strike in 15 years nationally, and the longest strike in Massachusetts history. The final solution came with a “back to work” provision, allowing all nurses to return to their original position, slowly incorporating them back into the hospital and providing them with the support they need.

“With this agreement we can go back into that building with great pride not just in what we got in writing in the agreement, but for what we have built together as nurses who know they did everything they could for their patients and their community,” said Dominique Muldoon, RN, a nurse at the hospital and co-chair of the bargaining unit.

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